Don’t Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone-Embellished Flats Tutorial

5.01.2011

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats TutorialI noticed these beautiful embellished ballet flats in my favorite Japanese magazine, Vivi, back in Winter of 2010.  They’re Miu Miu, available in lovely pastel colors, and boast a pretty hefty pricetag ($745!).

I figured I could make my own lookalikes from a pair of shoes I already had.  And it cost less than $15!  Here’s how…

You Need:

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial *metallic gold opaque spray paint

*gold beads in two sizes

*scrapbooking stickers in settings (Jolee’s All that Bling! vintage gems dimensional stickers series – available at Michael’s stores) or sew-on jewels in settings

*grosgrain or satin ribbon matching shoes

 

And…

*painter’s masking tape

*old newspapers

*acetone-based nailpolish remover (optional)

*Q-tips (optional)

*glue for vinyl (I used Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Adhesive)

*toothpick

*white thread

*hand-sewing needle

*scissors

*open flame

 

How To:

Paint the Toes

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial 1. The Miu Miu shoes have a pretty gold toe that I’d like to emulate.  I masked off both the sole part of my shoes and the toe area; stuffed the insides with newspaper, placed on old newspapers, and sprayed gold paint on the toes outside on my deck.  (Follow directions on the paint for an opaque finish.)

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial2. After the paint has dried, remove the tape.  If you find the paint has gotten on areas of the shoes you don’t want painted, it’s easy to remove with a Q-tip dipped in acetone nailpolish remove (just don’t scrub the shoe lest you damage the shoe material).

Glue the Jewels Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial 3. Choose the placement of your set jewels.  Peel the sticker backing off (if you’re using scrapbooking stickers).

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

4. Place a daub of glue where you want each jewel to be, and press the jewel down into the glue.  You want the glue to form a “lip” around the edge of the jewel to secure it firmly to the shoe.

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

5. Use the toothpick to clean up any extra glue.

Add the Beads Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial 6. Start threading the beads onto the thread, and then place against the shoe in the area you want to cover so you can see how many beads you need.  For the beads around the jewels, add enough beads to your thread to go completely around the jewel (or halfway, where appropriate).  Knot loosely.

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial 7. Squeeze a line of glue around the jewel, slip the circle of beads over it, and tie the two ends of the thread together tightly in a double knot, right up against the edge of the jewel.  Snip the thread ends, and tuck them into the glue.Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats TutorialDont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

 

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

8. For the line of beads at the top of the gold area, thread the beads onto the thread and tie the thread around each end bead so they don’t slip off.  Squeeze a line of glue where you want, and press the beads into it.  Wrap the ends of the thread under the beads and push into the glue.Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

Finish with a Bow

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial 7. Cut 2 long lengths of ribbon.  Tie each into a small bow (if you have trouble making your bow symmetrical, follow this illustration from MarthaStewartWeddings.com).

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

8. Cut the ends of the bows and heat-seal with a lighter (or open flame).

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

9. Stitch a couple stitches into the backs of the bows to secure them.  (I’m using white thread so you can see my messy stitching.;-)

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial

10. Place a generous amount of glue above the gold-painted toes and press the bow onto each shoe.  Allow to dry.

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial
And you are done!

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats TutorialDont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats TutorialHair: Mimic by Easihair scrunchie in 27B (Peach Tart)

DIY Peter Som Fabric-Embellished Cardigan: my DIY; tutorial available here

Pearl Bracelet: Swarovski

Pink Croco-embossed Belt: don’t remember

Pleated Schoolgirl Skirt: Gap

Dont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats TutorialDont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats TutorialDont Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone Embellished Flats Tutorial A beautiful way to add a dose of glamorousness to your feet.  Take them for a spin on the town, Twinkle Toes!

Happy DIY’ing!
xoxox
Carly

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Tags: ballet flats, miu miu, scrapbooking stickers

 

 

32 Comments on Don’t Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone-Embellished Flats Tutorial

  1. Lia
    5.01.2011 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    FABULOUS! I absolutely love these Carly! What an amazing job!!
    xxooxoxo
    Lia

    Reply
    • carlyjcais
      5.02.2011 at 11:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Katherine! Miu Miu makes such beautiful bejeweled shoes…even though my version won’t hold up in a heavy rainstorm or down an obstacle course, I think they’re a pretty good resemblance to the originals, and will hold up through repeated wear! (*crosses fingers*) Plus, they look sort of royal, don’t you think? Just in time for that Royal Wedding!;-)

      Reply
  2. Kathryn
    5.01.2011 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    These are awesome!

    Reply
  3. Natasha
    5.01.2011 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness I absolutely LOVE them!! What a great project.
    Natasha recently posted..Apothica Giveaway!!

    Reply
    • carlyjcais
      5.02.2011 at 10:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Natasha! Scrapbooking stickers have just gotten better and better in recent years…and no one says you have to use them exclusively for scrapbooking!!;-) Why can’t DIYers get in on the fun too??! LOL!

      Reply
  4. Shabna
    5.02.2011 at 5:17 am (3 years ago)

    Your best DIY yet! AMAZING!
    Shabna recently posted..The Wedding

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    • carlyjcais
      5.02.2011 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Awww, thank you kpriss!! You are always so sweet:-)

      Reply
  5. Kat Skull
    5.03.2011 at 12:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I shared this one my website! Just lovely.

    Reply
    • carlyjcais
      5.04.2011 at 1:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Kat Skull!! I really appreciate you sharing with your readers!:-)

      Reply
  6. Jessica
    5.04.2011 at 3:19 am (3 years ago)

    These are amazing! I’ve been looking for ideas to turn my boring black heels into something and I think I just found it!

    Reply
  7. Odette
    5.13.2011 at 9:51 am (3 years ago)

    These are gorgeous. I’m bookmarking this so I can make them :)

    Reply
  8. amy
    6.13.2011 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Omg you are so creative. I love this idea.

    Reply
  9. Holly
    6.24.2011 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

    So, so cute!! I will give this a try.

    Reply
  10. Kayla
    8.10.2011 at 12:47 pm (3 years ago)

    These are so gorgeous. I am now inspired to make my own. Beautiful!!!

    Reply
  11. Ascen
    8.28.2011 at 5:13 am (3 years ago)

    Gracias!!! Me pondré manos a la obra…♥‿♥

    Reply
  12. Tiffany Wilkerson
    12.09.2011 at 12:47 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks Natasha! So, so cute!! I absolutely love these Carly! FABULOUS!
    Tiffany Wilkerson recently posted..Cancer Tattoos Tumblr

    Reply
  13. doro
    3.24.2013 at 6:42 pm (1 year ago)

    gorgeous! thanks so much for this tutorial (:

    Reply

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